Archive for ‘Vino’

November 13, 2011

Wine Just Off The Vine

Did you know grapes are harvested in September and October?  If I stopped to think about it, I probably could have figured that out.  I just never did.  I drink wine year round, so why does it matter to me when the grapes are picked?!

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This weekend it mattered, as Steve and our college friends Anna and Don, traveled the Mason-Dixon Wine Trail.  Although I’ve taken numerous tours of wineries, none have been quite like this weekend’s.

The name of the tour explains it all; we got to taste wine just off the vine.  Pipetted right from the barrel, we drank wine that was made just weeks ago.  Each winery that we visited had their own version of young wine, known as Nouveau.  They were a bit more tart than  aged wines, and obviously much less oaky and complex.  They were more pure in their fruit characteristics and I thought quite tasty.

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It was a beautiful day to drive through the countryside, and Anna and Don got the full tour of York County and beyond.  We visited four wineries, an Amish market, and an artisan bread shop.  Thanks to our food stops and the snacks at each winery, no one got too tipsy or had a headache.  Plus I came home with freshly ground honey roasted peanut butter, homemade maple yogurt, herb bread, and numerous bottles of wine.  Success!

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The four out of fourteen wineries we visited on Saturday are…

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Each was unique and interesting in it’s own way.  If we want, we could visit the other ten stops on Sunday and both days next weekend!  It’s a great deal (only $15) and a perfect way to support local businesses.  I was happy to hand over my cash to each winery in exchange for my favorite wine at all but one location, and that was just because they were so busy I didn’t want to wait in line.  I had other wineries to visit!

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It was a beautiful weekend all around!

When it comes to wine, do you buy local?

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October 19, 2011

Drink In the Memories

We have definitely been visiting our share of alcohol producing establishments in the past few weeks.  Less than a month ago we visited Albemarle Ciderworks, Sugarleaf Vineyards, and Blenheim Vineyards. On Monday Steve visited Williamsburg AleWerks.  Today we headed to the Williamsburg Winery.

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Perhaps Tom God explains it best, “Good wine is a necessity of life for me.”  We are officially stocked up on good wine….and beer…and cider.  Drinking it at home will be especially fun as we reminisce about our memories of the day we purchased it.  So much better than the beverages we just run to the store to get.

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Today’s memories were especially celebratory!  I finished my third and last day of the Adult Weight Management Certification class.  The only thing standing between me and the certification now is the post test, and I plan to have that done soon!

I learned quite a bit from the class and also got some good review.  By the time it was close to ending though, I just wanted to be done!  Today was a nice change of pace to be out of class early and enjoying Williamsburg.

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Although it was raining, the winery was quite picturesque.  It’s on a 300 acre nature preserve, so how could it not be?  What stood out most about our visit was the hospitality.  We were greeted with a warm hello from the staff and a kitty!  Sometimes I feel like they follow me!  This kitty was quite friendly and enjoyed me scratching behind her ears while we stood next to the “Please don’t feed or pet the cats” sign.  Oops!  She didn’t bite off my hand, so I think it’s OK. Winking smile

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The tour of the winery was so informative!  I learned about barrel types, aging, yeast, cork making, and even beer!  I don’t think I’ve been on a more informative winery tour.  As I learn more and more about the whole process, it really does make me appreciate wine more as I drink it.  I’m also becoming much more willing to pay more for a bottle.  So much work and time goes into it, it only makes sense that if it’s going to be deliciously smooth, its going to cost more.

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Of course my favorites were the two oldest and most expensive reserve wines that we got to taste, the chardonnay and merlot.  This time around we didn’t splurge to buy the expensive ones though.  The less expensive ones were especially good too so we went for quantity over quality without sacrificing much quality.  Score!

The smoked gouda we ate was delicious too.  Obviously I was the one asking for more details on the cheese!  I held back my desire to actually ask for more cheese; by far the biggest accomplishment of the day!

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Well I’m off to get packing for our journey home tomorrow!

Do you have expensive taste in wine…or other things?

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